BEDFORD, MA -- The Wizards picked up 2 huge points with a win over the Walpole Express on Friday. With the victory, the Wizards moved to 23-15-1 on the season, and are now just 6 points behind the 2nd place Express.
"This was a big 2 points for our team, especially because we were able to get this victory in regulation," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "The battle for every point down the stretch is huge, and this was a great win for our team."
Devin Panzeca and Andy Somerville put the Wizards up 2-0, with two quick goals in the first five minutes of the game. The Express would respond with a goal around the 10-minute mark of the 1st to cut the lead in half. Dylan Schuett capitalized on the power-play just under three minutes into the 2nd period. However, the Express fought back and responded with two quick goals just over 30 seconds apart to tie the game up at three, just before the end of the second frame. The score remained tied until Panzeca took the puck past three Express defenders and beat Max Flynn, to give the Wizards the lead once again. Korbinian Lutz held off the Express for the rest of the game and stopped 27 shots between the pipes in the 4-3 win.
The newest member of the Wizards, Luke Pepin, recorded his first point with the Wizards with an assist on Panzeca’s first goal. Speaking of Panzeca, the '97 recorded three points in yesterday’s win to extend his point streak to 11 games. The Wizards will get back to work next week with two more important divisional matchups at home, starting with the Boston Jr. Rangers on Wednesday, followed by another game against the Express on Thursday.